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The Intergenerational Leadership Institute (ILI) is a 8-week long certificate training program offered to older adults (55+) wishing to develop or expand intergenerational programs in their area of interest. ILI is being offered this innaugrual year at the Center. Consider joining the next ILI!

September 30, 2014 - 1:00pm to November 11, 2014 - 1:00pm

Biobehavioral Health Institut...

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The study, titled, “Daily positive events and inflammation: Findings from the National Study of Daily Experiences,” suggests that positive aspects of everyday life may accumulate over time to protect against inflammation and promote long-term health. “In this study, we found that daily positive events were associated with lower levels of inflammation,” researcher Nancy Sin said. “Previous resea...

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A study by researchers in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development (HHD) has been published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, the official journal of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society.

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Centre Community Super Fair will be Saturday October 18th from 10am – 2pm at the Mount Nittany Middle School. Over 100 agencies, companies, human services, and community programs will be present for the public to come and learn about the resources that are available to you and your family in Centre County as well as learn about you can help your community.  There will be several giveaways, heal...

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Access to campus just got easier. Step aboard Penn State's Molly Trolley and take a shuttle ride to the next healthy aging lecture. Plan to park your car at the Porter North parking lot (Medlar Field area) just off of Park Avenue and look for our Center Staff. They will have a parking permit ready and direct you to the shuttle stop. Molly Trolley will take you to the HUB and it is a short walk...

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Recently the Arthritis Foundation published an article which synthesizing the work of Dr. Lynn Martire and colleagues related to joint pain and sleep.  In addition, suggestions are offered for how to improve sleep.

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Members of the undergraduate student Club Gero recently taught a Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Penn State course about Facebook. OLLI is active in working with undergraduate students to develope and deliver the course. OLLI is also a community partner in the Healthy Aging Lecture Series. To learn more about OLL...

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Children of War: An Intergenerational Conversation about "The Kite Runner," War and Peace

“What are the activities that unite us around the world?” asks a senior volunteer sitting with a group of students at the State College Area High School. “Art”, “sports”, “caring for children”, “food”, “families”, chimed in students as the group brainstormed around the themes of war, conflict, and p...

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Welcome to 2014!! This is the time of year when most people focus on new plans and promises. However,

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"Using Technology to Connect Generations" is an on-line publication that provides information about facilitating intergenerational engagement using technology. The report and its companion profile document are published by Penn State University and Generations United.

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We are pleased to welcome Dr. Lesley Ross to the Center. Her appointment is with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies with an office assignment in the Center for Healthy Aging.  Dr. Ross brings expertise in cognitive aging, interventions to maintain healthy aging, human factors, with applications for everyday outcomes such as mobility and driving. She arrives in January 2014....

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Courtney Polenick (HDFS graduate) and Amanda Gresh (HPA undergraduate) spent some time at The Village at Penn State teaching residents how to use their own computers and tablets so that they could Skype with their families.

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Courtney Polenick, M.S. is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in human development and family studies and works with Lynn Martire and the Center for Healthy Aging. ElderBranch recently interviewed Courtney to discuss her paper,...

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This issue of the “Ideas for Intergenerational Living” newsletter provides several recent examples of how our Penn State group engages in new modes of teaching, research, and practice in the intergenerational studies field.

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Changes in brain activity compensate for some types of normal decline in our ability to remember.

It may happen more than you care to admit. You draw on a memory from the not-so-distant past, and the bucket comes back empty. Your 10-year-old child, however, can recall the moment in a flash. "It was last summer. That street-fair we went to in Delaware. The guy with the wrinkly dog."

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Without restful sleep, health of spouses of osteoarthritis patients may be at risk, reports PAIN®

Research suggests that a patient's chronic pain affects a spouse's emotional well-being and marital satisfaction. In a novel study of behavioral health outcomes published in the journal PAIN®, researchers examined the effects of patients' daily knee osteoarthritis pain on their spouses' nigh...

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Joseph and Jean Britton Graduate Fellowships will be available to provide support for outstanding graduate students engaged in the study and research of academic areas related to adult development and aging. These fellowships will pay for tuition and grade 14 stipends for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters. Please note that no stipend is included for Summer 2014, however, the fellows will...

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Family caregivers of older adults with dementia are less stressed and their moods are improved on days when dementia patients receive adult day services (ADS), according to Penn State researchers...

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Simmer down. It could preserve your mind.

You get cut off in traffic, the grocery store is out of a necessary ingredient, your dog throws up on the carpet, you burn the garlic bread and now your guests are late for dinner. Do you (A) fume about your bad day or (B) let your misfortunes roll off your shoulders?

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The Center for Healthy Aging has a team in the Relay for Life At Penn State event this year. We added to our fundraising efforts be holding a bake sale. Thank you to all of our donors! Find us on the track walking for the Relay April 13-14. We will walk for 24 hours with each team member walking about 3 hours. Visit our team site...

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How was s your day today? Your answer might be more important than you think. There’s a well-documented link between major life events, like the death of a loved one, divorce, or loss of a job, and long-term physical health. But what about a traffic jam, a disagreement with a friend, a chaotic day at work? How do life’s little hassles—and how we cope with them—affect our health and well-being? T...

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On March 12, 2013, at the State College Area High School in Central Pennsylvania, all of the ingredients were in place for a memorable intergenerational dialogue about war, conflict, reconciliation and peace. The impetus for the meeting was Hitler’s Daughter. This is the title of a novel written by Jackie French and a play adapted from the novel and performed by the Monkey Baa Theatre Company (...

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The Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Healthy Aging invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow to help carry out NIH-funded studies of daily stress and chronic illness in midlife and older adulthood.  This is an opportunity for an emerging scholar to engage with a productive team of investigators who use intensive longitudinal methods (e.g., ecological momentary assessment and long...

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Most adults who suffer from a chronic illness are married or in an intimate relationship, yet the vast majority of behavioral interventions fail to address this relationship’s impact or the effects of illness on the partner.  As a result, such interventions are not likely to be fully effective for many patients, and may even backfire.  Dr. Lynn Martire was recently awarded a K02 Independent Sci...

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This academic seminar is designed to feature lecturers focused on wellness, health promotion, prevention, and intervention research and practice as it relates to successful aging. Faculty, students, and the public are welcome to join these lectures.

The 2012-2013 Colloquium lectures are held on Mondays unless otherwise noted.

Spring Semester

January 14, 1:30 PM – 2:...

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